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Embezzlement suspect still jailed after June 6 hearing postponed

Jun 19, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

The former financial manager for Star-Tech Inc. and Precision Analysis continues to remain in jail during his prosecution, where he faces embezzlement charges ...

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The former financial manager for Star-Tech Inc. and Precision Analysis continues to remain in jail during his prosecution, where he faces embezzlement charges related to the two companies. Through Thursday, records in Riverton's Circuit Court showed that Gerald "Gary" Emil Anderson Jr. had not posted the $250,000 cash-only bond set by Judge Wesley A. Roberts. Anderson, 54, is awaiting his next court date, a preliminary hearing set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, that will allow Roberts to determine whether probable cause exists for the charges against him. If Roberts finds probable cause, the judge will transfer the case to Lander's 9th District Court where there will be an arraignment allowing the defendant his first opportunity to enter pleas. The Fremont County Attorney's Office filed charges against Anderson on May 22 that accuse him of nine felonies alleging embezzlement totaling more than $2.5 million. He faces four counts of felony larceny, three charges of obtaining goods by false pretenses and two counts of conspiracy to commit felony larceny. The charges carry a maximum punishment of 90 years in prison and $90,000 in fines. The conspiracy charges do not name any other individuals, but charging information lists some of Anderson's family members benefiting from the alleged embezzlement. On May 30, Lander police arrested Anderson -- a former Fremont County School District 25 board chairman and high-ranking leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints locally -- on a warrant at the county courthouse. Charging information accuses him of embezzling from 2000 through 2010 by stealing money for himself and his family members, which include his son, Scott Anderson, daughter, Beth Gard, and sister, Karen Medow. The criminal charges follow civil litigation launched by Star-Tech proprietor Charles Starks and Precision Analysis owners Cory and Heidi Fabrizius in 2010 that accused Anderson of embezzlement. At the conclusion of a seven-day trial in December in Lander, a jury found that Anderson had taken close to $1.5 million while working as the companies' financial manager. The criminal information filed against Anderson outlines numerous allegations of embezzlement committed by him that includes creating bogus records to appear that Star-Tech owed him money. Anderson allegedly benefited his family members in the scheme by overpaying them for loans made in their names to Star-Tech, according to court documents. Anderson also allegedly used Star-Tech money to pay for his credit cards totaling more than $212,000 between 2004 and 2010. Anderson appeared in Circuit Court for his initial appearance May 31. Roberts set the preliminary hearing for June 6, but Anderson's defense attorney, John Schumacher, later asked the court to postpone the hearing.

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